Tre (2003 on Schema records) was my favourite until this bad boy got released. An iterative release drawing from the hip hop trip like core but adding the flare of a TimTamSlam, makes a hot drink even better.
The new album by The Dining Rooms, featuring Jessica Lauren, Sacri Cuori and Bruno Dorella (Ronin).
After a four years hiatus since the previous album Lonesome Traveller, The Dining Rooms are back with a work that reconnects to the early sounds of the Milanese duo: a soundtrack of cosmic funk, abstract jazz and cinematic avant-garde.
It only takes a glance to the title of the album to grasp its highly evocative power. On the one hand an homage to Sun Ra, an icon that infused a new meaning to the word ‘cosmic’, a space messenger able to bring new spirituality and vision to music. Hipster, on the other hand, is a word that in our age of social networks identifies one the most hated social species, but had originally profound social and political roots. Jack Kerouac described Hipsters as “rising and roaming America, bumming and hitchhiking everywhere as characters of a special spirituality”. Hipsters were forward thinking cultural explorers, a social movement characterised by an appetite for novelty and experimentation.
And this is what Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? is about: a soundtrack condensing cosmic elements, a thirst for exploration and discovery, and the ability to dream. Abstract jazz, cosmic funk, instrumental hip-hop: Do Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? has all these typical traits of The Dining Rooms’ sound, but also a strong cinematic element that delves into the rich world of Italian film scores and library music. The contemporary reinterpretation of that influence is another theme of the album, pervading the tracks with the mesmerising quality of those soundtracks.
Albums ordered via Bandcamp include the exclusive track "Spaziale".
Early reactions include...
“I like it very much! Original old school TDR style!”
(Michael Ruetten, Soulsearching)
“This music calls for endless listenings”
“Great return of The Dining Rooms, love the atmospheres throughout the whole album”
“An excellent album with an excellent concept: was great to immerse myself into its cosmic spirituality”
(Luca Roccatagliati / Dj Rocca)
“I love this record because it explores new ways to blend jazz and electronic sounds. It's warm and organic, perfectly shaped and with a cosmic twist”
“A really enjoyable ride...particularly love the way it all unfolds. Music to lose yourself to!”
(Nick Luscombe, BBC Radio 3)
“Amazing concept album. romantic, groovy, conscious!”
"Not sure hipsters really dig Sun Ra, but I do dig this! Cinematic grooves galore”
(Tommaso Colliva, Calibro 35)
“Sounds good!” (Shawn Lee)
“Flash-back Futuristic Noir” (Astrud Steehouder, Paper Dollhouse)
released November 23, 2015
1,2,3,4,5,8,10,12 produced by Stefano Ghittoni
6.7,9,11,13,14 produced by Stefano Ghittoni and Cesare Malfatti
photos by Giorgio Possenti.
thanks a lot to Jessica Lauren, Sacri Cuori, Ronin, Francesco Giampaoli, Antonio Gramentieri, Bruno Dorella, Giovanni Ferrario, Geppi Cuscito, Francesco Borrelli, Maria Arena, Giorgio Possenti and Raffaele Costantino.